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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
Yeah, I just heard about them calling off the search. That seriously sucks. That poor skipper is going to be dealing with some very heavy stuff.

I'll be interested in the final report on this one. Being on the rocks in two wave strikes seems to indicate that they were cutting it close. But that seems to be the standard to a certain degree in this race according to others who do it:
Definitely, it is easy for us to speculate in the comfort of our office. I hope the investigation will shed some light on the details and the lesson learned so others can live.

In John Rousmaniere's talk in Safety at Sea course., he talked about the past fatalities that there was no single contribution factor, but many minor errors and lead to the final outcome.

I keep reminding myself:

1. Tethering tethering, tethering.
2. PLB standing by in the arm band

Considering these in the future during the rough sea especially at night
1. Wear a rock climbing helmet and harness
2. Wet suit
3. Disable the auto-inflate PDF


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